A member of the team that maintains the John Lennon star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that was defaced with graffiti over the weekend said in an interview Oct. 7 they will work to have it ready for the annual birthday celebration planned for Wednesday, which would have been his 73rd birthday.
Cathy Krager said that although vandalism isn't a regular problem, “I think this is a responsibility of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, though I know Capitol has security cameras all over, including one near the star. I do believe, however, that they have had a reduction in just about all areas there. I think Dennis (Garling, also on the team that maintains the star) may go out there today. But normally we would clean the stars right before the event.”
She said, however, “it looks like it'll take some time” to restore it to its original look.
Ana Martinez from the Hollywood Walk of Fame said the non-profit Hollywood Historic Trust takes care of the maintenance of the stars.
See our earlier story: John Lennon Walk of Fame star defaced just days before his birthday
Beatles tour guide Gillian Lomax of A Magical History Tour discovered the writing and drawings defacing the star, located next to the historic Capitol Records tower on Vine Street in Los Angeles, on Saturday. The other three solo Beatles stars, which are nearby, were, thankfully, untouched. The Beatles group Walk of Fame star is in another location.
Jerry Rubin, who's organizing the annual birthday celebration for Lennon that will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the star, said, “I can say for certain come 6 p.m. on John's birthday the markings will be gone and fans will honorably decorate his star with flowers and peace candles.“ The annual celebration will be emceed by Chris Carter, host of "Breakfast With the Beatles."
This is the second recent incident of vandalism at a site associated with John Lennon. The gates of the Strawberry Field orphanage in Liverpool, which inspired the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever," were painted yellow by an unknown vandal in late August.
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